Government accused of coal conspiracy on farm chosen for expropriation

Government accused of coal conspiracy on farm chosen for expropriation

- The owner of Akkerland Boerdery, the game farm marked for expropriation claims it's only a cover to get to coal on his land

- Johan Steenkamp says substantial coal deposits were found on his land after forced drilling was performed

- Steenkamp wants to fight for his farm and says he won't leave his farm or South Africa

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Akkerland Boerdery was chosen for expropriation but the owner, Johan Steenkamp, is prepared to fight for his farm.

Steenkamp says he was ordered by a court order to allow drilling tests on his farm, according to a report by The South African.

Large deposits of coal has been discovered and Steenkamp thinks that's why his farm was chosen for expropriation. He says it's nothing more than a scheme to get the coal on his land.

The farmer says he is willing to fight to keep his farm and said he won't leave his farm or the country.

Steenkamp feels his case is vitally important and will be heard in the Randburg Law Claims Court and if he loses it will mean that South African farmers don't really have property rights.

Akkerland Boerdery is one of the first test cases of the government to see if land expropriation can be successful, as reported on by Briefly.co.za.

READ ALSO: Tshwane Mayor's office accused of irregular appointment of senior officials

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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